NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rankings: Another spin at the top

That's Racin's David Poole ranks the top 40 teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series following the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Rankings based on team performance and potential. Each team's previous week's ranking in parentheses:)

1. (2) Tony Stewart -- car No. 20

With three wins in four races, surely nobody questions this team being at No. 1 now.

2. (1) Jeff Gordon -- car No. 24

Spin while leading with two to go at Watkins Glen may be the year's most surprising moment.

3. (3) Denny Hamlin -- car No. 11

Motored right on through the grass and wound up with a second at Watkins Glen.

4. (5) Jimmie Johnson -- car No. 48

Remember when people were panicking that this team might actually miss the Chase?

5. (4) Matt Kenseth -- car No. 17

A fan comes on the track during a red flag for an autograph? Did that really happen?

6. (6) Kyle Busch -- car No. 5

Has his 2008 plans all finalized, but still has championship business to do this year.

7. (8) Carl Edwards -- car No. 99

Went diving into final turn on final lap giving it all he had to win at the Glen. We like that.

8. (7) Kevin Harvick -- car No. 29

Glen shove-off with Juan Pablo Montoya could be the start of a memorable rivalry.

9. (9) Kurt Busch -- car No. 2

Good recovery from Glen speeding penalty puts him further inside Chase safety zone.

10. (11) Martin Truex Jr. -- car No. 1

A couple more solid finishes and he should just about have a Chase spot wrapped up.

11. (10) Jeff Burton -- car No. 31

12. (12) Clint Bowyer -- car No. 07

13. (14) Ryan Newman -- car No. 12

14. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- car No. 8

15. (15) Mark Martin/Regan Smith -- car No. 01

16. (18) Greg Biffle -- car No. 16

17. (16) Juan Pablo Montoya -- car No. 42

18. (17) Casey Mears -- car No. 25

19. (19) Bobby Labonte -- car No. 43

20. (20) Reed Sorenson -- car No. 41

21. (21) Jamie McMurray -- car No. 26

22. (24) Tony Raines/Ron Fellows -- car No. 96

23. (27) Robby Gordon -- car No. 7

24. (22) David Gilliland -- car No. 38

25. (23) Ricky Rudd -- car No. 88

26. (28) J.J. Yeley -- car No. 18

27. (31) Jeff Green -- car No. 66

28. (29) Kasey Kahne -- car No. 9

29. (30) Elliott Sadler -- car No. 19

30. (32) Bill Elliott/Boris Said -- car No. 21

31. (34) David Stremme -- car No. 40

32. (25) Dave Blaney -- car No. 22

33. (36) Paul Menard -- car No. 15

34. (37) Scott Riggs/Patrick Carpentier -- car No. 10

35. (26) David Ragan -- car No. 6

36. (35) Johnny Sauter -- car No. 70

37. (39) David Reutimann/P.J. Jones -- car. No. 00.

38. (33) Brian Vickers -- car No. 83

39. (38) Kyle Petty -- car No. 45

40. (40) Ward Burton -- car No. 4

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